January Wine Blog

by / Tuesday, 29 January 2019 / Published in Uncategorized

Happy New Year from all at Denbies Wine Estate!

We are looking forward to another great year and the release of some spectacular wines later on in the season.

In the vineyard, the vines are now dormant for winter, with pruning beginning very shortly. After a six week period, this will be closely followed by a team pulling out unwanted canes, then another small team starting to tie the fruiting canes to the wires, in readiness for spring bud burst. We will also make a start on mechanically trimming the minimally pruned plots (Muller, Bacchus and Ortega), which will hopefully just take a couple of weeks.

At the same time that the vines are being pruned, another small team will be going through the vineyard to repair any damaged trellis. This is very important in the minimally pruned plots, due to the extra weight of the vines in summer with their full canopy.

Every year after harvest is in we start our machinery maintenance program. This will involve a complete overhaul of the mechanical harvester, all tractors, sprayers, mowers and trimmers. This should be completed by early spring when the machines will be needed again in the vineyard, ready for another season.

The winery have begun a busy new year, disgorging our sparkling wines and fine-tuning our premium Vineyard Select wines such as Bacchus, Pinot Noir and Ranmore Hill, ready for their release later this year. With tanker and barrel space at a premium following the bounteous harvest of 2018, it is the task of the winery manager at this time to ensure that still wines are released for bottling at the optimum moment to retain the all-important fresh fruit flavours. We look forward to sharing progress as we go through the seasons.


To Our Valued Customers


We are very pleased to announce that following the latest advice from the government,
Denbies will commence the next phase of re-opening from Saturday 4 July.
Please note, all areas of the business will be adhering to new social distancing government policy, thank you in advance for your consideration.  Please note, we are only able to accept advance on-line bookings for tours, reservations can be made on the day, thank you.

The Visitor Centre will re-open on Saturday 4 July
Indoor & Outdoor Dining/Vineyard Hotel/Outdoor tours

VINEYARD HOTEL Open from Saturday 4 July 

Table service only

Selection of hot & cold drinks & snacks
Daily 10am – 4pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm/ Sunday 10am – 5pm

Please note, only food and drink purchased from Denbies may be consumed on-site

THE GALLERY RESTAURANT Open from Saturday 11 July

Open every Saturday & Sunday for lunch 12noon - 3.30pm, advance reservations only

Your English Vineyard Wedding in Surrey

Congratulations!  Making plans for your special day?
Whilst the main estate building and hotel remain closed to the public, we are happy to offer social distanced wedding viewings from Saturday 20 June.
For more information and to book a viewing, please contact Dawn@denbiesvineyard.co.uk

Denbies Wine & Gift Shop

Daily 10am – 4pm/Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm

The safety of our customers and staff is of primary importance,
please observe social distancing guidelines, card transactions only

Information: Health and safety - shop reopening PDF

We are introducing a phased approach to reopening in keeping with government guidelines,
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